Penn Vet, Ryan Hospital, anesthesiaAnesthesia as a specialty in veterinary medicine was developed in the early 1960’s when it became clear that special attention was required to the patient’s condition during the administration of anesthetic agents. 

The University of Pennsylvania was one of the first veterinary hospitals to have anesthesia as a special department, with Drs. Larry Soma and Alan Klide as pioneers in the field. 

Over the past ten years, several of our nurses were instrumental in the development of the certification process for specialized veterinary nurse anesthetists. The Anesthesia Service of the Ryan Veterinary Hospital is a subsection of the Critical Care Service, along with the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Service, and we collaborate with numerous clinical services at Penn Vet, including Emergency/Critical Care, Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Neurology, Oncology, Radiology, and Surgery.

A patient is anesthetized before surgery  

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Penn Vet, Ryan Hospital, anesthesiaThroughout the years, veterinary anesthesiology has followed human medicine with regard to providing the safest possible anesthetics, assisted ventilation and oxygen delivery, and constant monitoring and support of vital status. 

At Penn Vet, we provide ongoing education in pharmacology, cardiology, pain management, and other relevant fields.

Staff members are responsible for understanding and monitoring EKG, blood pressure (through direct and/or indirect devices), pulse oximetry, end tidal CO2. State-of-the art anesthesia machines, ventilators and monitors are available for use.

The case load is varied, from healthy animals for routine procedures to patients undergoing brain or open-heart surgery. Patients include dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, reptiles, and more. From evaluation and handling of the patient prior to the procedure, to ensuring optimal management throughout the procedure and post-operatively, delivering anesthesia safely to such a variety of species provides an exciting challenge. Providing comfort and quality pain management to the patient throughout the process makes the job extremely rewarding.

Giacomo Gianotti, Penn Vet, anesthesia Giacomo Gianotti, DVM, DVSc, DACVAA
  • Head of Anesthesia
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia

Dr. Ludovica Chiavaccini
Ludovica Chiavaccini, DVM, DACVAA
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia
Monique Paré, DVM
Monique Paré, DVM
  • Lecturer, Anesthesia
Dr. Juan Pavez, Anesthesia, Ryan Hospital Juan Pavez, LMV (DVM), DACVAA
  • Lecturer, Anesthesia
Ciara Barr, VMD   Ciara Barr, VMD
  • Resident
Joana ChagasJoana Chagas, DVM
  • Resident
Dr. Lauren Duffee, Penn Vet
Lauren Duffee, DVM
  • Resident

Dr. Raphael Vezina, Penn Vet Raphael Vezina, MS, DMV
  • Resident

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Casey Bacon, CVT
Natali Barraza, CVT
David Brown, CVT
Wendy Curtis Uhle, CVT, VTS, Anesthesia
Tonya Foster, CVT, Anesthesia, Radiation Oncology
Taylor Friday, CVT
Orli Gal, CVT
Carly Graffeo, CVT
Amy Henderson, CVT, VTS, Anesthesia 
Amy Kressler, CVT 
Ellen LoMastro, CVT, VTS, Anesthesia
Shannon McMahon, CVT
Florence Murray, Nursing Assistant
Tara Rodriguez, CVT 
Jack Ryder, RVT
Teresa Scott, CVT